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East Side Homeowner Believes Teenager Allegedly Set Stolen Car on Fire Near Garage

A homeowner near UW-Milwaukee campus found her garage on fire after a teenager allegedly set a stolen car on fire near her garage.

Milwaukee Police are investigating an arson that happened in the 2700 block of N. Bartlett Avenue on Saturday, March 12th, around 3:25 p.m. 

A stolen Honda CRV was found on fire in a garage. 

The fire appears to have been intentionally set. 

The investigation is ongoing and MPD continues to seek suspects. 

A home owner received a call from her neighbors saying her garage was on fire.

"It's part of our home so we view it as destruction of our property and it's really unnerving,” said Jessie Nimm.

Nimm wasn't home when this all happened but when she came home she took photos she provided to CBS 58.

"We basically had to take an ice scrapper and peel up all this melted charred stuff," said Nimm.

Fixing damage like this will not be cheap which is making it more frustrating for the homeowner.

"My understanding is that when you're part of violent crime you may or may not be able to get any help financially,” said Nimm.

Police won't confirm if they believe it's another car theft and joy-ride by a juvenile, but Nimm said officers she talked to Saturday told her it sure looks like it.        

"Extreme disappointment... disgust... anger. It's not okay to be doing this to peoples' property," said Nimm.

Homeowners insurance is estimating the damage at $10,000. 

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